I've been hanging around Tumblr a lot lately, and an artist that I've been following on there asked for some requests, so I put in a good word for Spike (of course) with a note that, if the person was not a BtVS/Ats fan, that Gambit might be a good choice as well. This was the result--



Made by the incredible OYONOK!

*SQUEE* Spike's so annoyed about Gambit being so tall. XD
Some of you might remember Victor Drujiniu's incredible sample pages for BtVS S9 that were sadly removed from Deviantart due to some misunderstanding along with his character sheets for Buffy, Angel, and Spike. However, there is good news! He has reuploaded the sample pages (and hopefully the character sheets will follow). I love his artwork, and no matter what the story was I might have bought these comics had he been chosen to continue to the story (even if that story was shit).

Story Sample A:
Page One: Buffy, Angel, and Spike are in a late Georgian-esque hotel (possibly in Europe). Buffy sits on her bed with her computer while Angel stands around and Spike rummages through a drawer. There are maps and notes stuck all over the crumbling walls. Angel seems particularly grim (as he should have been given what transpired in Season Eight), and Spike says something with a smirk, and Buffy looks like she's going to punch one or both of them.
Page Two: Angel takes a defensive posture, saying something, as Spike continues his scavenger hunt. Spike hands Buffy something, possibly the mini-cam for her laptop. Buffy pulls up a communications system and is able to talk to Xander via the Interwebs.

Story Sample B:
Page One: In what looks to be Buffy's old Sunnydale house, Xander and Buffy are having a conversation in the kitchen (which has been remodeled to look more medieval-y and has more brickwork). Xander appears to be more serious in the conversation than Buffy is as she pours milk into a bowl (of cereal?). Spike appears in the doorway, nonchalant. Xander seems confused, pointing to his neck. Perhaps, Buffy replies, and Xander appears shocked. Looking rather amused, Buffy continues to eat her cereal.

I don't know what the full extent of these storylines were or if they were just randomness handed out for the potential artists to draw, but I like these. The artwork is phenomenal.
You know, I love you. I appreciate all of you, those who I talk to, those who I don't talk to as much, those who are here for fic, those who are here for art, those in fandom, those not in fandom, those I have met, and those I have yet to meet. We may not agree, and we may not like the same things, but I respect you. My hope is that if I have ever said something that someone, anyone, disagrees with or that I made a comment that clashed with your opinions, that everyone understand that what I say is never meant to be directed at the person; it's meant to be a criticism of a show about fictional vampires and monster hunters. I've got people on this f-list that fell out of fandom a long time ago, and I care about them just as much as people still in fandom (and I thank them all for keeping me on their f-lists even though I mostly post fandom stuff). I thank everyone who puts up with the fact that I'm slower than frozen molasses when it comes to posting... everything. I've got people of every shipping preference possible, and as much in-fighting goes on on message boards, my f-list is relatively harmonious, given that we all seem to be inter-friended. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones.

ETA: I just realized I had not checked my friend requests in forever, so I've got to add some people who have added me, so I'm going to leave this an open post...
I've been rewatching BtVS episodes in French to help me in my language class, but... My God, was the final scene in "Wrecked" the most out-of-place thing ever? I don't know why it never bothered me so much before, but Buffy, sitting on her bed surrounded by garlic and clutching a cross to her chest, just seems utterly ridiculous. If she was that worried about Spike descending into her bedroom like a ghoul, I would have been holding a SuperSoaker filled with holy water and a crossbow (given the fact that de-inviting him would be out of the question with Willow going through the magicks withdrawal). And when have any of the shows vampires really been afraid of garlic anyway? Spike eats pub food; there's bound to be garlic in that. I sorta want to know what would have happened if he had come by...

Spike: "Hey, Buffy, are you trying to make your bedroom smell like the Olive Garden? I love that place. It's like eating in the kitchen of a delightful Italian stereotype. If you want to go, I've got coupons clipped fresh from the PennySaver-"

Buffy: "Go away! Can't you see that I'm trying to keep you away from my vagina?!"

Spike: "Oh, God, is there garlic in there too?"
Hi, all. I thought I would share something that I've been working on for a while-- my Buffyverse fanon timeline. These are basically dates that I use when I'm writing most of my fanfics to keep up with backstory and such. It's quite insane extensive, I think. I'm still working on formatting it, spellchecking it, and making sure that I've got everything accounted for (this has been copied and pasted from like four different Word documents).

What's included: Canon material from both shows, quasi-canon material (from the Tales of the Slayers and Tales of the Vampires comics), random material from various sources like other comics and novels that I enjoyed, and my own fanon creations from my fanfics (and also from writing fanfic with [livejournal.com profile] kidcyclone. Believe it or not, I've kept things pretty much the same for Spike's family history since I started writing fanfic back in 2000.

At the moment, this timeline only goes through the end of S3. The details from the show aren't that... well, detailed. I was more interested at those points about getting major events, such as character deaths, and the in-between stuff. Also, be warned that there may be some stuff out of order because I'm still arranging and re-arranging.

To make it easier, for myself and others, I've italicized any fanon stuff. You'll notice that even in some canon entries I've italicized a few things because the details within the canon material were not clear or I felt too much like I was making an assumption.

Enjoy the depths of my madness! :D

Check this bad boy out! :D )
No, this isn't a thesis on the ecumenical politics of the Whedonverse... I just wanted to leave you with this...



Enjoy.
I'll be brief 'cause I've got an exam to get to...

Cut for vague spoilers. )
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So... Buffy's mystery neighbor is named Heinrich, right? Isn't the Master's real name Heinrich Joseph Nest (from Whedon's notes in the script for the pilot of BtVS)? Well... Oh, this is either going to be popcorn hilarious or downright disturbing, isn't it?

*grabs popcorn*
The Maven of the Eventide (aka Elisa from Team Nostalgia Chick) posted her review for the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie at TGWTG.com.
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Yeah, I saw Hostel III, and I heard spoilers about a certain comic that just came out. Guess which one I think constitutes torture porn? It's Trope City, my bad pennies. I'm not really surprised because I was guessing this would happen since late Season Eight, but good-everloving-night!

Spoilers behind the cut. )

I think I may be giving up on Acceptable Losses at this point. I don't think I can continue with that plot anymore. I want to finish it, but every time I try to finish the editing, the fucking "canon" material makes a mockery of everything I was trying to do and then I have to do re-writes. I don't know if it's worth it because it hasn't been updating in so long. Maybe I should post it as it is without doing anymore editing to it with typos and all.
OH MY GOD! Why do I do this to myself?! I haven't even been reading the comics! I've stayed away like the plague, but I just can't stop my morbid fascination with canon's anti-climactic downfall.

Everyone's got their own flounce issue (maybe not for BtVS, but even for other fandoms). You know what I mean- that one thing that you always said that if the creators/writers did, you'd leave everything behind and move on? Well, S9 is reaching for one of mine. Since I've given up on canon all together, I can't really flounce, but still, the S9 writers are poking at my EPIC FLOUNCE button, which means RANTY-RANT RAGE if they actually go through with it.

Leave. Spike. Alone. I want him away from the main story. Far away. Unliving a fulfilled, happy unlife. Maybe finding someone completely unconnected with Angel and Buffy and his old unlife. Maybe just learning to love himself. Maybe finding some close, good, supportive friends... who he doesn't ever sleep with. You know what? I'm going to pretend that Spike's story ended with Spike: Asylum and Shadow Puppets. He's living in Primm, Nevada with his friends, sometimes traveling protecting the world, and being a contented, adjusted adult.

I'll just stick with my own Alternate Universes and with [livejournal.com profile] lilithbint's Second Time Around'verse. I give up!
Title: Ampwish
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fenderlove
Rating: PG-13.
Warnings: Mentions of major characters deaths. I'm going somewhat dark with this one.
Summary: At the end of the Spike series, our heroic blonde vampire left Drusilla at the Mosaic Wellness Center in the care of Dr. Thilbault and Malposo in Primm, Nevada. Several months later, Spike has returned with a new patient for the asylum.
Notes: The title for this ficlet was inspired by a misheard lyric in Carbon Leaf's "Life Less Ordinary." Also, I think that writing this has effectively reconciled Season Eight for me. Read on to see why and how and whatever.

Onwards to the ficlet... )

x-posted on [livejournal.com profile] nekid_spike.
fenderlove: James Marsters with Romeo and Juliet quote over it. (Default)
( Aug. 7th, 2011 04:34 pm)
I thought about making a few Rage Comics for Memebase/ICanHasCheezburger featuring some vampires. I just made 1.5 today. It's silly, but it makes me happy. I've gotta remember my password to Memebase before I can post it... I'm not even sure if this is funny to anyone but me... :D

Preview:



Fandoms: BtVS/Ats, Vampire Chronicles, and True Blood... Plus one that's not my fandom. I can't believe I had to save a picture of it to make this bonus meme. *goes to scrub my hard-drive*

Click Here for Full-Sized Version Plus Bonus Sequel Meme. )

ETA: Sorry about the pics not showing up. Photobucket is giving me fits.
It's another "2AM and Fender Has Had Too Much Caffeine!" post about the Dark Horse comics.

First off, this post is not meant to offend anyone. I just noticed a topic of conversation and felt the need to point out some stylistic choices surrounding that topic of conversation about the new Jane E. Spike web-comic. Mostly I did it to sate my own curiosity to see if my remembrance of the artwork from the series was correct and to see if I could visually prove what was rattling around in my head... In the end, I make my own fun, so please no one hit me with virtual hammers or anything.

Question: Cut for spoilers )

You see, I notice the art... a lot. Like more than I should. When I first saw that panel, I did not think anyone was crying. Why, you may ask? Because that person does not have "Jeanty Tears." What are "Jeanty Tears?" They are the big fat greasy-looking glycerine tears that Jeanty draws a good 98% of the time (the colouring is not his fault). There is a lot of crying going on in Season Eight. A lot. So once again let's have some fun comparisons!

Here there be spoilers for all of Season Eight, just in case.

Warning: Extremely Image Heavy. )
For my own purposes, completely out of my own curiosity, I wanted to take a quick look at how Spike's been portrayed in comics, using only titles in which he is the titular character because we'd have to get waaaaay too much into how other characters are portrayed otherwise. Honestly, between all of S8 and the Armstrong-Willingham arcs, there would be too much to say. On the chopping block, we have...

In this corner, we have... )

ETA: Excuse any spelling errors. I am very tired. XD

ETA: Thanks to Double Duchess for reminding me of an online comic and another vignette that I missed! :D
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Yes, indeed, I do write a lot of OCs. I love all my OCs. My oldest and most written OC is Ursula Parthenos. She was in one of my first fics, and she was very much a Mary Sue. I've always paired her with Spike. She's evolved over time into a much more full-fledged, well-rounded character. She went from being a hypersexual mullo (a type of vampire) with a siren song voice to a pregnant video store clerk-and-pub-waitress/failed singer who is barely scrapping by in her London flat. She's matured, and I think she's become a perfect partner for Spike. In my unposted-on-LJ fic the River That Flows, in which she first appeared, Ursula was just... well, she was an insufferable Mary Sue, but by the time James revealed his Spike movie idea and I started to rework her character to be better in my unfinished comic London Calling, I think that she's become an endearing character. I hope that she is, at any rate.

My thoughts on OCs are that OCs are wonderful. Characters come in and out of the canon show all the time, providing a rich tapestry to the story even if we only hear from them once; I think that the same is true for fanfiction OCs. If a person wants to have a Mary Sue/Gary Stu specifically in their story, go right ahead. Let your freak flag fly because you never know what that Mary Sue might lead to storywise. Seriously, I rewrote the River That Flows about seven times, and each time I made Ursula a little less intolerable, but eventually I gave up on the fic all together because of some hatemail I got, but she shows up in some of the first ficlets/drabbles I posted on LJ in her still crazy Mary Sue form. I think she's less awful now, and I've gotten positive feedback about her inclusion as a character, and she's even appeared in someone else's fic! *waves to [livejournal.com profile] sistercuervo*

Here's a list of my OCs in order of oldest to newest and the fics in which they appear... I have A LOT of OCs...

I didn't realize there were so many.... )

Cut for the answer to Days 1-7 and the other 22 questions for the upcoming days... )
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Yes, indeed, I do write a lot of OCs. I love all my OCs. My oldest and most written OC is Ursula Parthenos. She was in one of my first fics, and she was very much a Mary Sue. I've always paired her with Spike. She's evolved over time into a much more full-fledged, well-rounded character. She went from being a hypersexual mullo (a type of vampire) with a siren song voice to a pregnant video store clerk-and-pub-waitress/failed singer who is barely scrapping by in her London flat. She's matured, and I think she's become a perfect partner for Spike. In my unposted-on-LJ fic the River That Flows, in which she first appeared, Ursula was just... well, she was an insufferable Mary Sue, but by the time James revealed his Spike movie idea and I started to rework her character to be better in my unfinished comic London Calling, I think that she's become an endearing character. I hope that she is, at any rate.

My thoughts on OCs are that OCs are wonderful. Characters come in and out of the canon show all the time, providing a rich tapestry to the story even if we only hear from them once; I think that the same is true for fanfiction OCs. If a person wants to have a Mary Sue/Gary Stu specifically in their story, go right ahead. Let your freak flag fly because you never know what that Mary Sue might lead to storywise. Seriously, I rewrote the River That Flows about seven times, and each time I made Ursula a little less intolerable, but eventually I gave up on the fic all together because of some hatemail I got, but she shows up in some of the first ficlets/drabbles I posted on LJ in her still crazy Mary Sue form. I think she's less awful now, and I've gotten positive feedback about her inclusion as a character, and she's even appeared in someone else's fic! *waves to [livejournal.com profile] sistercuervo*

Here's a list of my OCs in order of oldest to newest and the fics in which they appear... I have A LOT of OCs...

I didn't realize there were so many.... )

Cut for the answer to Days 1-7 and the other 22 questions for the upcoming days... )
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

In one ficlet, Stepping Stones, I didn't so much have to change my opinion of Buffy, but rather I had to make a concentrated effort to make Buffy do something I thought she will never be able to do- admit her faults and seek to take responsibility for her mistakes. In doing so, I had to soften my harsh opinions of her inability to change. However, I view this as making her OOC. I don't believe she can change nor do I believe she will with the way Joss Whedon or any other writers portray her. Instead of changing my opinion, I should say that I left the possibility open that perhaps with a different writer Buffy seeking help for her issues to get herself mentally and emotionally healthy might one day be a possibility.

Similarly, with the chapters in which Buffy appears thus far in Acceptable Losses, I had to "soften" how I portrayed Buffy because I don't believe she's actually capable of empathy nor love at her current state and I had to have her do something that was in a way selfless within the story... Of course, it's only selfless if you interpret her actions to be so, and I did leave that possibility open. On one hand, she's had to give up something that she may not ever get to experience again. On the other hand, did she have ulterior motives besides selfless love and caring in doing so? To be honest, I can't say. That motivation doesn't come into play with the rest of the fic, but I think it lingers as a question. When a "hero" makes a big flowery emotional speech, we tend to take them at their word, but it could be an act, a put-on, or a con just hide selfish reasons why they are doing what they do. Again, I'm not saying that's what Buffy did in Acceptable Losses, but I think it's good policy to question the White Hats every now and then.

And sometimes I need to be reminded that Spike is not a china doll that will be broken into a thousand pieces at the first blush of damage. He has sustained massive hurt-y injuries without shedding a tear or screaming, and sometimes that's difficult for me to remember. I totally blame "Fool for Love" for woobiefying him forever. Come on, all I see in my head is "*shove!* *fall!* *lip wobble!* *sobs!*" Oh the vampmanity! Someone get him a bandaid and a juice box! And then I have to recall the chip and Glory and how it took her trying to scoop out his heart with one finger or him getting nearly crispy-brain-fried to get him to cry out... And then the First... I really don't want to know what the Turok-Han was doing to Spike to make him scream... I have nightmares...

Also, Angel can be goofy as all fuck, and I like that. I think that in writing Acceptable Losses (man, this is making me realize just how much I need to finish posting that fic) that I realized that Angel could be loving. It's one of those things with Spangel where you know that Spike could love Angel, that's just a given, but there's always a lingering doubt of if Angel could truly love Spike or if he can truly love anyone after what he's gone through. I think what really changed him in my view was writing AL, but also some of the lines Brian Lynch wrote at the end of ATF. Angel's true love is his son. Connor is his world; Connor means more to him than anyone else, and no one is going to change that. That's when I realized that Angel is a good man. He gets things so wrong, but he's a good man. If given the chance, Liam would have grown up and been a good man, a good father, a better son. And Spike loves Connor too; they're family, a crazy unnatural dysfunctional family. I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Brian Lynch's story in the Angel Yearbook because in one of the alternate timelines/dimensions, Angel managed to save Connor from being sucked into Quor'toth, but afterwards became so overprotective that he pushed all his friends away. Somehow, in that timeline, Spike entered the picture, and he was the only person Angel trusted enough to help look after three-year-old Connor. It just really reaffirmed my Spangel love.

I am rambling tonight! Whoo!

Cut for the answer to Days 1-6 and the other 23 questions for the upcoming days... )
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

In one ficlet, Stepping Stones, I didn't so much have to change my opinion of Buffy, but rather I had to make a concentrated effort to make Buffy do something I thought she will never be able to do- admit her faults and seek to take responsibility for her mistakes. In doing so, I had to soften my harsh opinions of her inability to change. However, I view this as making her OOC. I don't believe she can change nor do I believe she will with the way Joss Whedon or any other writers portray her. Instead of changing my opinion, I should say that I left the possibility open that perhaps with a different writer Buffy seeking help for her issues to get herself mentally and emotionally healthy might one day be a possibility.

Similarly, with the chapters in which Buffy appears thus far in Acceptable Losses, I had to "soften" how I portrayed Buffy because I don't believe she's actually capable of empathy nor love at her current state and I had to have her do something that was in a way selfless within the story... Of course, it's only selfless if you interpret her actions to be so, and I did leave that possibility open. On one hand, she's had to give up something that she may not ever get to experience again. On the other hand, did she have ulterior motives besides selfless love and caring in doing so? To be honest, I can't say. That motivation doesn't come into play with the rest of the fic, but I think it lingers as a question. When a "hero" makes a big flowery emotional speech, we tend to take them at their word, but it could be an act, a put-on, or a con just hide selfish reasons why they are doing what they do. Again, I'm not saying that's what Buffy did in Acceptable Losses, but I think it's good policy to question the White Hats every now and then.

And sometimes I need to be reminded that Spike is not a china doll that will be broken into a thousand pieces at the first blush of damage. He has sustained massive hurt-y injuries without shedding a tear or screaming, and sometimes that's difficult for me to remember. I totally blame "Fool for Love" for woobiefying him forever. Come on, all I see in my head is "*shove!* *fall!* *lip wobble!* *sobs!*" Oh the vampmanity! Someone get him a bandaid and a juice box! And then I have to recall the chip and Glory and how it took her trying to scoop out his heart with one finger or him getting nearly crispy-brain-fried to get him to cry out... And then the First... I really don't want to know what the Turok-Han was doing to Spike to make him scream... I have nightmares...

Also, Angel can be goofy as all fuck, and I like that. I think that in writing Acceptable Losses (man, this is making me realize just how much I need to finish posting that fic) that I realized that Angel could be loving. It's one of those things with Spangel where you know that Spike could love Angel, that's just a given, but there's always a lingering doubt of if Angel could truly love Spike or if he can truly love anyone after what he's gone through. I think what really changed him in my view was writing AL, but also some of the lines Brian Lynch wrote at the end of ATF. Angel's true love is his son. Connor is his world; Connor means more to him than anyone else, and no one is going to change that. That's when I realized that Angel is a good man. He gets things so wrong, but he's a good man. If given the chance, Liam would have grown up and been a good man, a good father, a better son. And Spike loves Connor too; they're family, a crazy unnatural dysfunctional family. I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Brian Lynch's story in the Angel Yearbook because in one of the alternate timelines/dimensions, Angel managed to save Connor from being sucked into Quor'toth, but afterwards became so overprotective that he pushed all his friends away. Somehow, in that timeline, Spike entered the picture, and he was the only person Angel trusted enough to help look after three-year-old Connor. It just really reaffirmed my Spangel love.

I am rambling tonight! Whoo!

Cut for the answer to Days 1-6 and the other 23 questions for the upcoming days... )
5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

When I first got the plot bunny for Acceptable Losses, it was just about Spike, Angel, Connor, and the group of young Slayers. However, Buffy kept pushing her way into the plot when I was trying to turn it into a longer fic. Even though I don't really like writing Buffy (I often feel like I'm going to piss people off by how I view her because my POV of her is usually very different from the general consensus), I decided to let the idea play out as I wrote the outline. I don't think that it necessarily hurt what I was originally intending to do, and it probably made certain aspects of the plot (that I won't spoil since I'm still posting the bloody thing XD ) stronger and will hopefully make the message of the fic clearer by the end. However, it did take the fic in a completely different direction with the focus of the main plot. When I was editing, it made me realize that some stuff was going to have to be rewritten and taken out. One of the biggest reasons it's taken so long for me to finish posting the fic is because of Buffy's presence therein and the consequences of her being there, even for a short time. I guess that's a large part of her being the formerly title character- her presence is felt even when she's not there whether I want her to be a part of the plot or not.

I will also say that in my other current WIP Versailles Undone that a character I didn't expect somehow weaseled his way into the story that I wasn't exactly prepared for when the outline was being created, but there he was and he wouldn't go away... so he gets to stay. I won't say who he is for spoiler reasons, but I hope that he won't be too out-of-place.

I guess Spike could also be a constant answer to this question as well, but more precisely William. I really enjoy writing stories in which Spike can flashback to his past, and I can share glimpses into his childhood. Since we learn nothing in canon about his father, I got to completely create Phineas Pratt as a character, and I do like getting to include Victorian family interludes if I can. Plus, Phineas/Anne has become one of my OTPs. Their love is so adorkably literary and tragically filled with tuberculosis!

Overall, I suppose my first instinct to a character I didn't originally intend to include in a fic wanting to "join in" on a plot is to just let it happen. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. I can go back to the outline and rework what was happening or maybe tweak things to see if I can make it work after all.

Cut for the answer to Days 1-4 and the other 25 questions for the upcoming days... )
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